UK TOUR | A UNICORN POINT OF VIEW

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you've been watching my socials you will have seen that our smoke baes EG flew out Unicorn Leah and Jet Desertfox to the UK to attend the National Airsoft Festival 2019 so naturally, I made it my mission to show the Americans what's SO awesome about the UK airsoft community, and the UK in general. Check out Leah's vlogs here, which include the weird, the wonderful, the worst and the most redneck things she saw whilst visiting!



She's not quite done with the content yet either! So as she adds more videos to the UK playlist, I'll update this post!
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YOUTUBE | LATEST UPLOADS!

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog!

As many of you will know I have a YouTube channel -  www.youtube.com/femmefataleairsoft! Although YouTube isn't my main platform, I do try to upload weekly vids so you guys and girls can get your airsoft fix - my channel is a mix of airsoft content from gameplay, to first impressions, unboxings, reviews and set-ups! If you're looking for gameplay, you can check out my latest gameplay uploads here:



If you're looking for something more informative, such as first impressions, unboxings, reviews, and set-ups, check out my latest informational vids here:





And if you want to see some light-hearted fun vlogs, check these out:





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NEWS | PTS CENTURION ARMS CMR M-LOK RAIL ACCESSORY PACK RELEASE!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have some more news for you from PTS Syndicate, the release of their PTS Centurion Arms CMR M-LOK Rail Accessory Pack!






The PTS Centurion Arms CMR Accessories are made of Dupont™ Zytel High-Performance Reinforced Polymer. Their light-weight and small profile helps to maintain a lightweight platform with minimal bulkiness added to the slender CMR rail's cross-section. The polymer accessories adhere to the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle and directly mount to the PTS CMR (M-Lok) with threaded fasteners making them easy to install and modify to customize your rifle for your shooting needs. These accessories are interchangeable without having to utilize back plates or to dismantle the rail system itself…thus staying true with the K.I.S.S. system. 

The Centurion Arms CMR rail covers have been given a unique golf ball style texture on its surface, providing a very firm grip for the end user’s hands. They maintain as low a profile as possible and their semi-circular edges correspond along the ventilation holes of the rail. The rail covers have score lines on the back to allow the user to custom cut it to a shorter length to fill in the gap between other accessories. 

The CMR hand stop also has a golf ball dimple textured surface for a secure grip and only requires a single screw to bolt it down. Its design follows closely to that of the rail cover so they will both transition with each other very well when placed next to one another. The hand stop can be utilized in the front of the rail to grant the ability to place the hand forward without the worry of slipping off the rail.




Specification:

Color: Black
Material: Dupont™ Zytel High-Performance Reinforced Polymer
Included: Rail Cover (x6), Hand Stop (x1), screw (x13)
Dimensions:  Hand Stop – 32 x 30 x 25mm (approx.), Rail Cover – 83 x 29 mm (approx.)
Weight: Hand Stop – 5.5g, Rail Cover - 8g
Compatibility: PTS Centurion Arms CMR Rail Systems (M-Lok)

Disclaimer: This product is for airsoft, training, and stimulation only. Please be aware that this product is not compatible with real firearms. Users should be alert that airsoft products are potentially dangerous which can cause serious injury and even death. If user misused this product, PTS will not take any responsibility accordingly.

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EVENT | THE NATIONAL AIRSOFT FESTIVAL!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the blog!

It's been a crazy few weeks, travelling the UK with Unicorn Leah and Jet Desertfox, and visiting Poland for the Gunfire 2020 calendar shoot but I'm all settled in California for 6 whole weeks and I'm catching up on all the content! Today I have an event write-up for you from the biggest airsoft event in the UK - the National Airsoft Festival ran by Zero One Airsoft.



Once a year, I and my Airsoft team Project Cerberus make the drive to Ringwood in Hampshire for Zero One Airsoft’s annual event - the National Airsoft Festival! The National Airsoft Festival is, without a doubt the biggest airsoft weekender in the UK. On the bank holiday weekend in August up to 3,000 airsofters descend on Ground Zero – Zero One's skirmish site located in a small market town in the south-west to enjoy a huge festival dedicated to EVERYTHING airsoft, and this year I had two special guests with me - Unicorn Leah and Jet Desertfox, all the way over from the USA! I have harped on and on about this festival for the last 3 years so it was awesome to finally be able to show J&L exactly what I love about the NAF. As my small pink 208 was a little too small for all the kit/camping gear for three people, our smoke grenade baes at Enola Gaye organised a hire car for us - so for the weekend I had a Peugeot 2008 SUV (big enough to fit everything in!) We arrived at about 10am on Friday morning and luckily enough there was no bank holiday traffic, by the time we arrived, the festival was already in full swing! 

As I drove down the long road laden with banners for the NAF into the normal camping zone to meet up with my teammates, I was already feeling the festival buzz and so were they! As soon as I pulled up, the tent was out and everyone helped erect ‘the palace’ - if any of you know me, you know I dislike camping and almost everything about it except the BBQs and campfires! As we were setting up our tent, more and more of the team arrived until camp Cerberus was set-up. Shortly after the camp was set-up we made our way down to the festival to sign in. Most of my team to choose to just camp (which is usually my jam too but this year I decided to play) so they were signed in super quick. The players in our team, on the other hand, had to wait around half an hour to be signed in as we were on the ‘Others’. The sign-in process this year didn’t seem very smooth - and I think it could be improved by not having the lines for the 3 teams and working on a ‘bar-like’ system as when there’s no one in the queue for Bravo and Delta the ladies signing those teams in were waiting around whilst the member of staff signing in the Others were rushed off their feet - I think what would work better is if there were just 3 lines with the numbered envelopes at the back of the tent so each member of staff could grab any player number. Tickets for the NAF are £90 if you wish to play or £30 for the weekend if you simply want to camp and enjoy the festivities and shop your heart away.

The festival village this year differed slightly from the previous years. The festival area is a huge space amongst the trees of the Ground Zero forest that is conveniently situated between the gaming zone and camping zones that holds the Zero One shop tent and bar tent, the retailers/manufacturers stands, the food vendors, the range, the G&G CQB course and player sign in. It is the hub of activity over the weekend! The main difference at 2019’s NAF is that Zero One chose not to bring the entire showroom of stock to the event, instead players could order online and get the goods brought to site the same day. They did have a consumables shop on site though selling BBs, gas and other game day essentials. They also had an onsite tech tent for break downs that occurred onsite to keep players in the game. There was a great selection of food trucks at the event this year including a burger van, curry, Greek gyros, pizza, ice cream etc so there really was a choice for everyone!






The gates to Ground Zero open at 7 am on Friday for festival-goers and I recommend getting there as early as you can – this way you can get your pick of where you camp and get through the sign-in and Chrono queues as quickly as possible. The festival isn’t just for airsofters though, it is family-friendly (although dogs weren’t permitted at this year's event) and there are camping areas to suit all - from loud camping for those who want to party until the early hours, normal camping for those who are just happy in the middle ground and quiet camping for those who want an earlyish night - although I will say the number of generators in quiet camping running until the early hours is growing year on year so if you do want an early night and your camp neighbour has a generator, it may be worth having a word with them prior to the evening.

On Friday, my team spent the day BBQ’ing, having a few beverages and catching up with each other (as some of us haven’t seen each other for a year - since the last NAF) and getting acquainted with Jet and Leah. We visited the festival area and caught up with friends from the trade stands which included Enola Gaye, Viper Tactical, GBLS UK, WARQ, Tactical Coffee Company, Airsoft Action and a fair few others. I LOVE the buzz of the festival area. There is a game on the Friday for those with itchy trigger fingers. Saturday is when the main game kicks off however as I wanted to enjoy the social side of the NAF more, I stayed at our camp/in the festival area whilst. Jet, Leah and my teammate Sim went out to play - lookout for my NAF vlog to see what happened at camp! aturday us also the day we have our annual Women of Airsoft meet-up, women from our Facebook group - Women of Airsoft that are from all over the world meet-up in the bar after the raffle. We have some beverages and chat about all things airsoft. I am always excited to see these lassies because it’s such a good time!




Sunday is the day I played, and it was also the hottest day of the NAF! As temps reached 32 degrees I kitted up ready to play the biggest game in the UK. For my loadout, I chose my lumber-tac shirt and new Viper Gen 2 Elite Trousers in M81 and ran my One Tigris VULTURE Chest Rig. Although it was really hot in the camp/festival zones, the game zone itself is really cool as it is under heavy tree cover. This site honestly reminds me of Endor in the Star Wars films and I was half expecting little Ewoks to jump out of the bushes. I played for around 3 hours in total before it became too hot to continue for me (I am really affected by hot weather). I got team killed a lot and this resulted in a 10-minute walk to respawn, spending 10 minutes in respawn and then a10 minute walk back to where I had left my teammates. I think a way the gameplay could be improved is definitely by introducing a medic rule so players don’t need to walk back to respawn as often.




Overall, this was probably the best year I’ve had at the National Airsoft Festival to date! I got to see some of my best friends and hang out in glorious weather, BBQ, crack open a cold one and also play some airsoft! I would love to see the queuing system improved, the return of the Zero One shop and a medic rule for the gameplay but apart from those three things, I think the team at Zero One run a fantastic event not just for airsofters, but for families as well. I just want to say a huge thank you to Zero One for having us. See you next year!

Check out my NAF vlog here:

What happens at the National Airsoft Festival, stays at the NAF?


The UK is REDNECK AF (National Airsoft Festival)


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6MM ACTUAL | SEPTEMBER 2019!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that a couple of days ago I released the September issue of 6MM ACTUAL!

6MM ACTUAL is all about giving you - the readers of FFA - more value from Femme Fatale Airsoft. I've designed 6MM ACTUAL so you can read the best of the monthly blogs and also get bonus content exclusive to our monthly downloadable. Online or offline, and for free! Whilst I love writing the blog, creating IG & YouTube content and writing for publications, I felt like something was missing and this is where our monthly downloadable bridges the gap. Truly International airsoft, from guns to gear, to events, it’s in 6MM ACTUAL.

In this issue we have - a review on the Hill People Gear Tarahumara Pack from Hiu, a review on the Specna Arms SA-H08, unfortunately no milsim content this month, a site review on The Depot, Glasgow and for our bonus content, there is a review on the Viper Tactical Triple Mag Pouch and a feature on airsoft skills and drills from Hiu!


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SITE | THE DEPOT

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the blog, and apologies for how quiet it's been! I've had international guests and been travelling the UK to play airsoft, but I'm back on the grind and today I have another site review for you! This time on the Depot, Glasgow.

On the 16th of August, myself, Unicorn Leah and Jet Desertfox drove to Scotland to attend The Depot in Glasgow for the first time for their Charity weekender. We arrived on Friday 16th after a hellish 7.5-hour drive from my home in the East Midlands and settled into our Airbnb in Paisley ready for 2 days of intense CQB action. The Depot is a site that I’ve heard and seen a fair bit about from both the internet and my friends beyond the wall.

Acarius Photography


The Depot is situated in the heart of Glasgow and first opened its doors in 2013. It is the largest in-play area indoor site in Scotland with 2 floors, 7 stairwells and 150,000 square feet of space. The site is fully indoors with a large car park, a safe-zone with ample seating/tables for players to set-up for the day and it’s complete with lockers, (actual) toilets and an on-site shop stocking all the game day essentials from BBs to gas, to cans of pop and snacks. As the Depot does not serve food it’s advised that players either order lunch through them or bring their own lunch or visit the shops which are a 5-minute drive). The cost of a walk-on fee for the Depot is £32.

As it was a charity weekender the games were slightly different to what would be normally run on a regular skirmish day from what I understand. The weekender was in aid of their two chosen charities The Coming Home Centre (helping local armed forces veterans), and The SAS Regimental Association - both worthy charities. For the weekend they also had Landwarrior down to showcase the latest Umarex rifles and Valken was on site to show their range of AEGs, protection and other accessories.

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On the first day of the event, we arrived at the address for The Depot but on arrival, we noticed that it took us to a furniture warehouse - I had tried to ring the site but there is little phone signal in that area. After a few minutes, I walked up to the doors of the warehouse, knocked and walked in - as soon as I saw the airsoft company banners I knew I was in the right place so out I went to park the car and retrieve the gear. We filled in our waivers and were shown to the Marshalls set-up area (as the safe zone itself was pretty jam-packed). We got ready and made our way to the gaming area for the safety brief which was delivered by Baz, the Depot’s head marshall. The safety brief was very comprehensive covering all the basics such as eye/face/ear protection, where and what pyrotechnics could be used, emergency procedures but also going into detail about areas of the site that had hazards as there had been some severe rain the night before. The first game brief was also given just after this.

Games played over the weekend were varied and kept everyone on their toes, they included team deathmatches, attack/defend, domination and capture the flag style games with medic rules (which made the huge site far more playable). The very first game was a standard team deathmatch to balance the two teams and then we moved on to more objective-based games. One of my favourite games throughout the Saturday was a game that involved a small team (separate to the main two banded teams) defending multiple items including a stretcher, dummy, a tourniquet and an IV which were located next to the van on the ground floor of the Depot. A few of the site regulars and myself and Jet were on the defensive team and started at the toilet block near the van. Shortly after game on was called, both teams battled to get to our location. Myself, Jet and another member of the defence team secured one of the main ‘funnels’ into the area of the site the attackers were trying to get to, we held this down for a long time with some fierce firefights! Eventually, the attackers overran us and took some of the objectives to the second floor. After this, we were told to spawn in the toilet block and our mission was to retrieve them so we fought our way through the dark offices at the bottom of the site and battled up the stairs. We didn’t retrieve the objectives but had a lot of fun trying! The games for the rest of the day were also really fun. On the Saturday I didn’t know how dark the site was so didn’t use a torch or tracers but by the end of the first day, I realised I would need this for the Sunday.

The game played on the second day of the event was vastly different from the day before. It was a long, objective-based game which we played for the entire day. It was a scavenging game that used a spawn clock to spawn both teams of players in, in the same location. This game mode for me wasn’t my jam but because it was a new game it did have some kinks that needed to be ironed out. This game involved two teams battling over objectives including hostages and money, it also had special characters. In this game, a spawn clock was used. Meaning both teams respawned in the same space and had 5-minute intervals to respawn, but if you missed your slot you were then waiting for another 10 minutes. I was very vocal with the Marshalls about the spawn clock. Luckily enough in the afternoon, the spawn clock was sacked off for regular medic/respawn rules. In the afternoon session, myself, Leah and Jet joined the special characters as the white coats. Which meant we were against EVERYONE else. This part of the game was SO fun - it was so target-rich and got the adrenaline going, although we did get spawn trapped a couple of times. The afternoon session on Sunday was my favourite part of the weekend - I LOVED wearing a costume and shooting.

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There were a few improvements that I would suggest - the site isn’t signposted which means it can be difficult to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for (after the event, the staff told me this is for security reasons) I think the site could definitely do with some kind of signage that can be taken up and down, the spawn clock in my honest opinion doesn’t work on skirmish days unless the site is large (and I’m talking acres) I think this should be saved for MilSims apart from those two things I think the site and the games themselves were very well run.

The Marshalls at the Depot were all friendly, easy to chat to and nothing was too much hassle. I felt very welcomed by the team especially the Marshalls playing the special characters - they welcomed us into their team readily. The other players on-site were friendly and helpful, and I had no issues hit taking. On occasion if I felt like a player wasn’t taking their hits (due to not feeling it etc) I simply fired an extra couple of shots into them and all was well.

Overall, I had a great time at The Depot in Glasgow. The site itself is enormous and offers lots of varied gameplay from long engagements to close, dark CQB. Whether you like your CQB fast and hard-hitting, or slower and stealthier, the different areas of the site can accommodate for that. It has a lot of cool graffiti and different coloured lighting which add to the atmosphere. The games were varied and kept all the players on their toes and more importantly, the marshall team listened to players feedback on the day and tweaked the games accordingly. The facilities onsite are really good and the staff run a good game day. I am very much looking forward to my next visit.

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NEWS | PTS GRIFFIN ARMAMENT M4SD FLASH COMP RELEASE!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the blog!

Today I have some more news for you from PTS: the release of the Griffin Armament M4SD Flash Comp!

The Griffin Armament M4SD Flash Comp (not to be confused with the M4SDII Flash Comp) optimally combines the design of the Muzzle Brake with the flash suppressing prongs of the original M4SDII Flash Comp. Like all of the other Griffin Armament muzzle devices, this airsoft version has been designed to be compatible with any A2-compatible suppressor quick detach mount including the PTS Griffin Armament M4SD Suppressor.


Specification:
  • Colour – Black
  • Material – Aluminum Alloy
  • Dimension – 57 x 22 dia. mm
  • Weight – 73g (approx.)
  • Compatibility – any airsoft gun with 14mm counter-clockwise barrel thread


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NEWS | PTS GRIFFIN ARMAMENT LOW-PRO RIGID RAIL RELEASE!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the blog!

Today I have another news post from PTS Syndicate: The PTS Griffin Armament Low-Pro RIGID™ Rail release!

The PTS Griffin Armament Low-Pro RIGID™ Rail is a slim, ultralight, yet extremely rigid M-LOK rail. Its rigidity reduces rail flex when torque is applied from foregrip type accessories or when load is applied on the rail whether when using with a bipod or shooting from barricades. This minimizes POA/POI (point of aim/point of impact) shift of any mounted lasers. Carefully positioned slots on the rail removes unnecessary weight without compromising the rail’s strength and rigidity. The flat screw hardware and inset QD sling swivel cups further the theme of the slim, smooth profile of the rail. M-LOK slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions allow for mounting of your favourite M-LOK accessories.

The PTS Low-Pro RIGID™ Rail also includes 1 PTS Low Profile QD Sling Swivel.

Features:
  • Low Profile Magpul M-LOK mounting system interface
  • Low profile anti-rotation QD sockets
  • Includes Low Profile Mock PTS Griffin Gas Block & Gas Tube
  • Bonus: Includes 1 PTS Low Profile QD Sling SwivelSpecification:
  • Color – Black
  • Material – 6000 series Aluminum
  • Coating – Black Anodized Finish
  • Weight – 8.6" - 308 g (approx.)/13.5"- 407g (approx.)
  • Dimension – 8.5" - 217 x 50 x 39mm/13.5" - 342 x 50 x 39mm
  • Compatible with most AR-15 Airsoft AEG/GBB/PTW/GBLS DAS GDR15




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SITE | WEST MIDLANDS AIRSOFT: HIGH COMMAND

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another review for you that's featured in this months 6MM ACTUAL, my review on West Midlands Airsoft: High Command!

West Midlands Airsoft High Command is a site I have been playing since 2017 when I visited the site for a review for Airsoft Action. Shortly after it became one of my favourite haunts in the midlands for CQB. I started helping out at the site marshalling and taking photos so there may be some bias in this write-up but I will try to be as objective as possible. The last time I reviewed HC was 2017, so I thought it was time for an update.

High Command is around a 50-minute drive up the motorway depending on the traffic from my home in the East Midlands and is situated in the Doulton Trading Estate in Rowley Regis. At the entrance of the industrial estate, there is a signpost letting you know you’re in the right place. The shared car park onsite has around 20 car parking spaces so it’s good to get there early to bag yourself space, especially if the owners of the other units have vehicles in the car park. The safe zone is located on the first floor of the building and is just a short walk up a flight of stairs. The safe zone is a central corridor with rooms branching off that is full of tables and chairs for players to organise their kit. The first room is where sign-in, rental pick-up/drop off and lunch takes place. West Midlands Airsoft also has an onsite shop that sells a variety of ammo, pyro, and plenty of accessories that you could need on the day which is also situated in that room!


The rentals are provided by SIXMIL.com, an independent airsoft hire company that is based in Staffordshire. They offer a huge range of not only rental weapons but rental loadouts too! From their predesigned loadouts, SIXMIL can offer new/beginner players the chance to facilitate a variety of play styles and looks without the hassle of getting all the gear themselves!

The safety brief is usually given by the owner Paul and is comprehensive. The site runs a limit of 350 FPS max, semi-auto only and with a pyro limit of a 12 gauge magflash round. The playing area itself is a small 13,000 sq ft warehouse space that is set on the second floor of the building. It is a mixture of bright long, open areas, dark corridors and even darker kill house style rooms. It is exceptionally close CQB and with no minimum engagement distance so you can bet it gets intense.

What about gameplay? Usually, the games are capped at 30 players – 15 aside and that is a perfect amount for the sites total playing area of 13,000 sq ft. In the summer, the player cap can go up to 40 which depending on how trigger happy the players are, it can make or break your love for CQB! The game modes played are varied to include deathmatches and objective-based game modes that keep the day fresh. Most of the game days start with a game of infection to help us sort the teams. There are a fair few props including fake bombs, target systems etc which are used during the events that add to the gameplay.


So what’s the walk-on fee? The walk-on fee for members is £25.00 and for none-members is £30.00 each including a hot lunch (which is a rarity at sites nowadays!) Hires are available from SIXMIL starting at £20 so it is in line with game-day fees at other sites.


Are there any issues with the site? Honestly, the site isn’t perfect but there are only a couple of issues that spring to mind and they have always been issues that are isolated to other tenants of the building. The site has 26 allocated car parking spaces however a few of them are taken up by abandoned cars – whilst it doesn’t cause a massive problem, it is a little bit of an annoyance especially on the busy game days. The other issue lies with the men’s toilets - other tenants in the building, unfortunately, do not look after the facilities so West Midlands Airsoft has combatted this by opening up the women’s toilet that has a lock on it, players and attendees of the day can ask at reception for the key to enjoy a pleasant, clean bathroom.

Photography thanks to The Airsoft Photographer
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6MM ACTUAL | AUGUST 2019!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that a couple of weeks ago I released the July issue of 6MM ACTUAL!

6MM ACTUAL is all about giving you - the readers of FFA - more value from Femme Fatale Airsoft. I've designed 6MM ACTUAL so you can read the best of the monthly blogs and also get bonus content exclusive to our monthly downloadable. Online or offline, and for free! Whilst I love writing the blog, creating IG & YouTube content and writing for publications, I felt like something was missing and this is where our monthly downloadable bridges the gap. Truly International airsoft, from guns to gear, to events, it’s in 6MM ACTUAL.

In this issue we have - a review on the LBX Banger Back Panel, a review on the GBLS DAS GDR-15 CQB, unfortunately no milsim content this month, a site review on West Midlands Airsoft: High Command and for our bonus content, there is a review on the Viper Tactical Scrote Pouch and the G&P DBAL from Tallin!


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6MM ACTUAL | JULY 2019!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that a couple of weeks ago I released the July issue of 6MM ACTUAL! (Late blog post, I know!)

6MM ACTUAL is all about giving you - the readers of FFA - more value from Femme Fatale Airsoft. I've designed 6MM ACTUAL so you can read the best of the monthly blogs and also get bonus content exclusive to our monthly downloadable. Online or offline, and for free! Whilst I love writing the blog, creating IG & YouTube content and writing for publications, I felt like something was missing and this is where our monthly downloadable bridges the gap. Truly International airsoft, from guns to gear, to events, it’s in 6MM ACTUAL.

In this issue we have - a review on the MTEK FLUX CARBON S from Tallin, a review on the Specna Arms Edge AEG, a write up of Stirling Airsoft: Op Horus from Hiu, a site review on Southcoast CQB and for our bonus content, there is a review on the Viper Tactical VX Buckle Up Charger Pack!


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YOUTUBE | LATEST UPLOADS!

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog!

I get a lot of questions on my socials asking if I have a YouTube channel, and the answer is I do! - www.youtube.com/femmefataleairsoft! Although YouTube isn't my main platform, I try to upload weekly vids so you guys and girls can get your airsoft fix - my channel is a mix of airsoft content from gameplay, to first impressions, unboxings, reviews and set-ups! If you're looking for gameplay, you can check out my latest gameplay uploads here:







If you're looking for something more informative, such as first impressions, reviews and set-ups, check out my latest informational vids here:







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GUNS | £1600 AIRSOFT GUN?! GBLS GDR-15 CQB REVIEW!

Hey everyone and welcome back to the blog!

Today I have another review for you, and this is one you’ve been waiting for - my thoughts on the GBLS D.A.S GDR-15 CQB! DAS stands for Dynamic Action System, the prototype for the DAS was developed 10 years ago but was kept under wraps until the M4A1 beta version was released in 2016, then the GDR-15 production model hit the UK market in 2018, and this year we saw the release of the GDR15 CQB. When the GBLS DAS GDR-15 hit the market, we saw the release of the most realistic AEG yet and one of the most expensive airsoft platforms ever. But is it over hyped? Or is it absolutely worth the hype and more importantly, the £1600 price tag?


So what are the features of the DAS? The most notable feature is the functioning Bolt Carrier Group which allows 100% realistic action from loading and charging, to stoppage and reloading drills, making it a perfect training weapon. The cycling of the functioning Bolt Carrier Group generates the recoil and it genuinely is nothing like I’ve ever experienced with an AEG before. The Bolt locks back when the magazine runs out of BBs and will fire upon hitting bolt release when a fresh mag is inserted. Inside the D.A.S is a WA style hop-up chamber, a steel toothed bolt and at the very centre of the system is a proprietary gearbox. The system runs on a 11.1v LiPo, and is wired to a deans connector.


How did it perform: Admittedly, when I got the gun out of the box I was absolutely terrified to use it - I have never used a gun THIS expensive and you hear a lot about ‘not using soft BBs’but you know every BB that's ever hit you has been pretty hard! It took me a game or two to get used to the system itself (and to stop worrying that I’d break it by just looking at it) - filling the mags is fiddly and time consuming but the included tool makes life easier for sure, the battery is easy to install in the PTS EPS stock, slap a mag in, pull the charging handle back, and you’re good to go. The recoil is the closest thing to a real rifle I’ve experienced in an airsoft gun - it gives you a good solid kick in the shoulder which adds so much realism. I did have a couple of issues with batteries (namely getting my batteries mixed up and plugging in the batts that needed to be charged instead of the charged batts) - when there isn’t enough power stored in the batt, the DAS will make a couple of funny noises and not cycle fully - always make sure your batteries are fully charged to get the best performance possible. The real functions such as the way it stops firing when the mag is empty isn’t by any means new for an AEG but reloading is cool AF - slapping the catch back and hearing the bolt is awesome. The range and consistency out of the box is comparable to some of my upgraded weapons systems.



What I did like: aesthetically the DAS is a VERY good looking rifle - yes I know ANOTHER M4 but the rail, the markings look great and I love the Cerakote finish. It’s simple and slick. All of the realistic functions and recoil make me happy bunny - the upper and lower receiver disassembles like a real AR15, the stoppage and reloads, the sound it makes and the recoil are WHY you buy this gun. The fact its an AEG is awesome - it doesn’t have heavy mags, it isn’t affected by cold or too hot weather, and out of the box it has PTS furniture which is awesome (I actually think more companies should follow GBLS in this aspect because PTS furniture is some of the best after market furniture available).

What I didn’t like: filling the mags up is an absolute mission! As it is a proprietary system you need a mag adapter to fill them that hooks over the top of a mag and directs the BBs into the mag. It’s fiddly and can be time consuming - I learned just after writing this review that there is indeed a mag adapter for the Odin speedloader from their service partner thecageairsoft.co.uk, I would also LOVE to see a PTS EPM for the DAS. The trigger has quite a heavy pull, and this is one of the most common complaints of the GBLS DAS, but it simply takes time to get used to - as someone who’s specifically upgrades their guns to have a super light and responsive trigger, when I first started using the platform I wasn’t pulling the trigger hard enough and so the gun wouldn’t fire and it was frustrating. I quickly learned that I just needed to pull it a bit harder (that’s what she said - I’ll get in there before you lot do!). The hop-up is also changed by a little tool which can be a right faff - to change the hop-up you need to take the BCG out and turn the tool in the hop-up - not ideal for quick changes but once you’ve set the hop, it doesn’t need adjusting too often.


In the box, you get the rifle, 1 x propriety magazine, Speed Loader Adapater, a Hop-up Tool and the all important manual, but what is the cost? So the DAS is pricey, at £1600 for the gun itself and at £42 per extra magazine it isn’t an investment to be made lightly. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful AEG that you use every few months, the DAS isn’t for you but if you want a reliable and realistic training weapon that you can use every weekend without needing to upgrade it out of the box, this is definitely a system you need to check out and test. This AEG is unlike anything I’ve ever used before, and I’ve tried a lot of systems including ERGs! I’ve seen and heard a wealth of comments along the lines of ‘get a TM Recoil, it’s cheaper’ or ‘just get a GBBR, it’s cheaper’ but, the TM Recoil range doesn’t quite replicate the action of the DAS and in respect to GBBRs, I love the plug and play ease of an AEG. What I want is a precise, accurate training weapon with the plug and play ease of an AEG, and this is what the D.A.S delivers. After using one of the D.A.S systems I definitely think the system warrants its high price tag when you consider the time and money spent to develop the system! It is worth noting however, that they also offer a bare bones model (a kit without the handguard and stock) for players who want to put something different on.

Photography thanks to Henry Nicholson
Sponsored by GBLS UK
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GEAR | ALTAMA ABOOTTABAD MID TRAIL HIKING SHOES!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another review for you and we’ll be looking at the Altama Aboottabad mid-trail hiking shoes. Whilst I was in the States, my trusty Pentagon Achilles Trekker boots finally gave in to wear and tear - they’d lasted me just over two years and they’ve travelled with me to numerous countries on my airsoft travels! Although the outer of the shoes were saveable, the insides were trashed so I took to Instagram and asked you lovely lot for your opinions on what my next boots would be - there were SO many suggestions but Altama got in touch and wanted to know my thoughts on a pair of their hiking boots which are now available from their European store, so here we are!


The hiking shoes I decided to test out were, of course, the Altama Aboottabad Trail - Mid WP in green, these are described as being ‘Rugged Trail Runners having tactical features starting with Altama's legendary Panama Sole technology. Using sticky SOFROC™ rubber that wraps up in the arch to aid in fast roping, we've turned a typical trail runner into a tactical machine!’ I’ve worn these since my return from the US and tested them in all environments that I play in - urban, CQB and different woodlands so now I feel like I can give an accurate account on how they’ve performed. This it what they looked like when I got them:


This is what they look like now:


First, let’s start with the features! The Altama Aboottabad Trail - Mid WP have Panama Sole Technology using SOF ROC™ rubber, a dual-density EVA midsole, full-length Rock 'n Roll Plate™, quick-drying nylon mesh and microfibre PU upper, moulded external rubber toe, injection moulded TPU Heel Counter support, nylon loop lacing system, Alta-lite™ blown PU insole and a waterproof membrane construction so these boots were made to perform in tough environments.



I usually wear a 4 UK shoe, in tactical shoes such as these a UK 5 is normally the smallest size so I’d usually opt for that but this style comes in a USA 5 which works out to a UK 4 so I opted for the US size 5. The fit on these is snug in all the right places but gives my toes room to move. They are also SUPER comfortable. With thicker socks, they are a little snugger and don’t go on as easy but they have loops on the back to help you pull them on. One thing that I really like about them is that they don’t make my feet look out of proportion like other tactical boots!

The boots themselves, feel sturdy but still have plenty of flexibility in the sole. They offer good ankle support but are still flexible enough that they didn’t cause any blistering on my heel when I wore them for the first time. The nylon mesh fabric has a lot of movement in, so it bends easily with the feet and the tough sole featuring SOF ROC rubber™ provides a good amount of grip and has no damage considering how hard they’ve been hammered so far. Unfortunately, I’ve not had a chance to test their waterproof qualities as it’s been pretty dry in the UK.




From the European retail store, they retail for just under £115 - which is pretty much in line with other brands such as Lowa and Salomon which make similar products and that are also favourites amongst airsofters. I have a firm belief that your footwear is something you shouldn’t skimp out on because of the environments we play in and how hazardous they can be - protection is worth the price tag in my honest opinion.

Boots gifted by Altama.
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